This past Saturday the Hoosiers hosted a number of top recruiting targets and one of the players who made the trip to Bloomington was linebacker Kyle Bolden. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound standout from Cincinnati (OH) Colerain H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about the visit and why he was so impressed with the Indiana program.
This trip to IU was the first one for Bolden and he said that everything he saw really made an impression on him.
“It was my first time at Indiana,” he said about the Indiana visit. “We kind of passed through the campus a little bit and the campus is absolutely beautiful. The facilities are top-notch and they told us they are even adding more facilities. I just really like it up there. It’s beautiful and I like the atmosphere. They made a big impression on me.”
The three-star recruit also liked what he saw when watching the Indiana defense in action in the Hoosiers win over Ball State.
“They are a good football team so that also increases my interest in them as well,” Bolden said. “I think they definitely stepped up and they got after it. They were forcing turnover and they were making big plays. You can really see the improvement and it is very promising. I think Coach (Tom) Allen is doing a great job of getting their play makers on the field.”
If Bolden decides to play at IU his position coach would be William Inge, and he said the two of them have a great relationship.
“The biggest thing for me about Indiana is Coach Inge, the linebacker coach,” he said. “He is just a great guy and he knows what he is doing. He is a good guy to talk to.”
Bolden currently has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Purdue, Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Nevada, Bowling Green, Marshall, Miami (OH), Toledo and Western Michigan. He said that when it comes to his decision he is looking for a strong football program and quality academics.
“I am looking for a good football program,” he said. “I’d like to play for a top-notch team and I think Indiana is certainly that. As far as academics I want to major in finance and I know Indiana has a really good business finance program. I am also looking for a school where they have a really nice campus. Somewhere that is not too crowded and not too urban. And then the coaching staff. The coaching staff is a big thing for me because that is who I will spend the most time with for the next four to five years so you have to like the coaching staff and enjoy being around them.”
Bolden’s father, Tom Bolden, is the coach at Colerain so he has a great deal of experience with the recruiting process. The younger Bolden said that he talks with his father frequently about recruiting and what to look for.
“I definitely lean on him a lot,” Bolden said about his dad. “He is my father but he is also a coach and he knows what he is talking about when he talks to me about certain things. He tells me to find a place that if football didn’t work out you would still love to be there and you would want to be there. I take that into consideration because other than football I am looking for a school with good academics. So I lean on him a lot because he is my Dad and he really knows what he is talking about.”
The talented prospect has also talked to current Hoosier and former Colerain standout Tegray Scales about the Indiana and how he likes it there.
“When I was a freshman he was a senior and he was someone I looked up to,” Bolden said about Scales. “I have talked to him a few times about how he likes it up there, and his thoughts on the coaching staff and stuff like that. We have definitely talked about it and he has nothing but great things to say. His opinion matters to me because he has been one of my role models since I first started high school football.”
Bolden and his Colerain teammates are off to a great start this season as they are 3-0 going into tonight’s game against Princeton H.S.
“We are three games in and we are undefeated,” he said about his senior season. “We’ve played three games against three nationally ranked teams so it’s been a challenge. As a defense I think we have really stepped up and we are playing pretty solid. I am the captain of the defense and the captain of the team so I have taken on the role of getting the young players on defense in the right places while still trying to do my own thing. I am just trying to be the senior leader for the younger guys.”
When it comes to his recruiting the Cincinnati native said he is no hurry to make a decision because he is just focused on his team at the moment.
“I don’t have a set date for deciding,” he said. “I am just making some visits and putting things together. I will most likely not commit until after the football season because I want to keep my focus on the team because the team is a lot more important than me. I haven’t really narrowed it down. I am keeping everything open and just going through the process.”
Bolden plans on making a few more visits to Indiana this fall and he expects to use one of his official visits with the Hoosiers.
“I plan on taking an official visit to Indiana,” he said. “I would also like to get back there for a few more games.”